” Are you considering using a real estate agent to assist you in renting your apartment? If so, you probably have a lot of questions about the process of doing so. Most importantly, you’re probably wondering if it’s something that’s really a good idea or if you can go ahead and rent on your own without involving a professional. Whether or not to use a real estate agent when renting an apartment is mostly dependent upon your variety of needs. Personal factors such as your current stage in life, your familiarity with the city and your ability to negotiate a good rental agreement are things to consider as you determine whether or not you want to make use of a real estate agent for renting an apartment.
The first thing that you should consider is where you’re at in your stage of life. If you’re renting your very first apartment and you don’t know anything about it, you might want the assistance of a real estate agent to help you learn all of the ins and outs about signing leases and getting renter’s insurance. On the other hand, if you’ve been through a few moves and you know what you’re getting into, you might not need a real estate agent. Yet again, if you’re at an established point in your life and are too busy to do a lot of the hunting down and researching that comes with renting an apartment, you may want to spend the money to get a real estate agent to do that for you. Think about the reasons that you might want a real estate agent in regards to how knowledgeable you are about renting and how much time you have to devote to the process.
Another think to think about is how well you know your neighborhood. If you’ve been living in the same city for your entire life and are familiar with all of the ins and outs, you’ll know about the “good” and “bad” neighborhoods without having to get any advice. But if you’ve just moved to a new location, you might want the assistance of a real estate agent to help you figure out if the apartment you’re renting is cheap because it’s a good deal or cheap because you aren’t going to want to step outside of your front door at night. Your real estate agent can also help identify such things as how easy your commute will be from a certain area.
Finally, think about how capable you are of negotiating your rental agreement. Some people simply aren’t good at the art of negotiation; they give in too easily and let people walk all over them. If you know that you have these tendencies, you might want to hire a real estate agent to assist you in renting an apartment simply for the reason that they’ll be able to negotiate on your behalf. He or she can work out details like how repairs will be taken care of, what kind of notice must be given for different actions, and other terms of your lease.
Is it necessary to get a real estate agent to assist you in renting an apartment? No, of course not. You can easily go look at apartments yourself, sign the given rental agreements and deal with the consequences. But if you don’t have the time to find the right apartment, lack the skills to negotiate a good deal for yourself or are concerned about your lack of area knowledge when moving to a new city, then using a real estate agent might ease the process.”
Eric Bramlett is the Broker and co-owner of One Source Realty in Austin Texas. Visit Eric’s Austin Apartments [http://www.onesourceleasing.net] Guide, visit his Austin Leasing [http://www.kinanbeck.com/lease.php] company’s website, & his Austin Apartment Locator website. He has seen considerable success in real estate, and looks forward to many more years in the business.